Q4 interim packaging data published

The Q4 data has been published and it is encouraging to see that the UK met the plastic and aluminium individual recycling target in what was an extremely volatile year with prices.


The table below presents the recently released data:


The data also showed the “carry in” tonnages for 2020, PRNs generated in December which can be used for the following compliance year.

The data below shows the forecasted 2020 UK obligation along with the carry in tonnages.

What does the data mean for producers?

Here we take a look at each material to see how the most recent data impacts producers:


Plastic - high risk

plastic packaging

The impact of high PRN prices seen in 2019 is positively impacting the supply of material, unfortunately the effect of the Coronavirus is negatively impacting the movement of material. There is a lack of availability of shipping containers and the shipping lines are taking advantage of this and increasing the cost of containers. There is a risk that there will be a short-term increase in the price of the PRN.


Paper - medium risk

Paper packaging

The 2019 recycling and recovery data shows a positive increase in the carry over of PRNs into 2020, which has taken a bit of pressure out of the market for Q1. The material prices remain low and shipping costs are affecting this market.


Aluminium - medium risk

Aluminium packaging

The high price seen at the end of last year has positively impacted the number of aluminium cans exported at the end of 2019. Until the 2020 obligation is released this material remains a medium risk material.


Glass - medium risk

glass packaging

There has been a slowdown in the amount of glass recycled this year and glass aggregate tonnages have seen a further drop in processing which causes some concerns. Caution needs to be applied to this material and we may see an increase in prices to support the market.


Wood - low risk


Wood has performed well against the material targets and as a result we have seen prices soften for the last few months.


Steel - low risk


The continued slowdown of can recycling in the UK remains a concern for the compliance market. We should see a fairly strong carry out of PRNs into 2020 which will give the UK a good starting position for next year.


Looking ahead

Ecosurety will continue to communicate the changes in the PRN market throughout the year and the impact on producers. If you would like to speak to a member of the Ecosurety team about the impact of compliance on your business, please contact us on 0333 4330 370.

Find out more about how Ecosurety works hard to make a positive impact on UK recycling.

Sandeep Attwal

Group procurement manager

Sandeep works in the role of Group procurement manager. Sandeep builds and maintains strategic relationships with our key service partners for packaging, batteries and WEEE, whilst creating new relationships and initiatives to improve UK recycling. Sandeep has over 17 years’ experience of the regulations and understands the challenges and opportunities that can arise from volatile markets.

Written by Sandeep Attwal Published 30/03/2020 Topics Packaging
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